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US20040015631A1 US10/197,851 US19785102A US2004015631A1 US 20040015631 A1 US20040015631 A1 US 20040015631A1 US 19785102 A US19785102 A US 19785102A US 2004015631 A1 US2004015631 A1 US 2004015631A1
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  • the present invention relates to a Smart Switch whereby the power to the bridge board is automatically turn on and off by the insertion or removal of the storage device from a drive bay or a flash memory reader/writer application in which the interface cable is permanently attached to the computer.
  • the connecting cable typically consists of both a cable and a small interface electronic circuit board, or called bridge board.
  • the bridge board When the connecting cable is plugged into the IO port of a computer or computing equipment, the bridge board immediately gets power directly from the IO port and automatically issues the necessary handshake signals to the computer to establish the electrical communication to the external data storage device. To remove the external storage device from the computer, the connecting cable is removed from the IO port, thus disconnecting the bridge board from the computer and terminating the handshake signals.
  • the storage device is connected and disconnected from the computer by attaching and detaching the storage device from the connecting cable, or from the drive bay that is attached to the connecting cable.
  • the storage media is inserted or removed from the drive that is attached to the connecting cable.
  • the bridge board is connected to computer at all time. In order for the computer to recognize the presence and absence of the data storage device or storage media, the power to the bridge board must be turned on and off accordingly so to terminate and re-initiate the handshake signals to the computer.
  • This invention provides a design, referred to as “Smart Switch”, whereby the power to the bridge board is automatically turn on and off by the insertion or removal of the storage device from a drive bay or a flash memory reader/writer application in which the interface cable is permanently attached to the computer.
  • the object of the present invention is to provide a Smart Switch whereby the power to the bridge board is automatically turn on and off by the insertion or removal of the storage device from a drive bay or a flash memory reader/writer application in which the interface cable is permanently attached to the computer.
  • the smart switch design in the external data storage or a flash memory reader/writer application that controls the power on/off to both a data storage device and an electronic bridge board inside a interface cable
  • said external data storage comprising: An enclosure for protecting interior elements; a switch comprises two ends, first one connects to a wire of said electronic bridge board for getting a power signal from a computer via said interface cable, the other one connects to a power signal pin of said data storage device and a ASIC of said electronic bridge board; When the switch turns on (or said flash memory card insert into said slot) said data storage device (or said flash memory card) and said ASIC of said electronic bridge board gets the power signal from said computer and automatically issues the necessary handshake signals to said computer to establish the electrical communication to said data storage device (or said flash memory card).
  • FIG. 1 shows illustrates how a typical external storage is connected to a computer
  • FIG. 2 illustrate how the power is fed to a electronic bridge board inside the dongle 10 and the external storage device in a typical design of today's external storage design
  • FIG. 3 illustrates commonly called a BUS power design
  • FIG. 4 illustrates the implementation of a Smart Switch to control both the power to the ASIC and the external storage device
  • FIG. 5 illustrates a flash memory reader/writer design incorporated with Smart Switch
  • FIG. 6 illustrates shows the detail of the PCB construction inside the flash memory reader/writer.
  • FIG. 1 shows how a typical external storage 30 is connected to a computer 20 .
  • the external storage device 30 is connected to the interface cable 11 .
  • the interface cable 11 has a dongle 10 , which contains an electronic bridge board to convert the IO port signal into the IDE signal for the external storage device, at one end and a small connector 12 on the other end.
  • the dongle 10 is typically attached to the external storage device via a MC-36 male connector mounted on the dongle and a MC-36 female connector on the external storage device (The MC-36 connectors are not shown in the drawing for simplicity.
  • a more detail design description and explanation of this type of interface cable can be found in the U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/911,450, filed Jul. 25, 2001 “Universal Storage Interface BUS”).
  • FIGS. 2 and 3 illustrate how the power is fed to a electronic bridge board inside the dongle 10 and the external storage device in a typical design of today's external storage design.
  • the external storage device 30 can also be a flash memory reader/writer or a drive bay, similar in design as described in the U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/173,645, filed Jun. 14, 2002 “Console Drive”.
  • FIG. 2 shows the +5V power flows from an external power adapter through connecting wire 33 to a power on/off switch 31 which connects to the power line of the storage device.
  • the electronic bridge board inside the dongle 10 is represented by an ASIC 40 .
  • the connector 12 that inserts into the IO port which is a USB port in this example, consists of 4 wires.
  • +5V power will immediately flow through the wire 17 into the ASIC 40 via pin 41 .
  • handshake signal is generated to communicate with the computer to established communication between the computer 20 and the external storage device 30 .
  • FIG. 3 is commonly called a BUS power design.
  • the +5V power from the IO port besides feeding power to the ASIC 40 , also feeds power to the external storage device via the wire 17 which also connects to the connecting wire 33 of the external storage device, when the dongle 10 attached to the external storage device 30 .
  • FIG. 4 illustrates the implementation of a Smart Switch to control both the power to the ASIC 40 and the external storage device 30 .
  • the power from the IO port that flows through the connecting wire 17 , is routed though the end of the dongle and is connected to the connecting wire 33 of the external storage device 30 when the dongle 10 is attached to the external storage device 30 .
  • Connecting wire 33 is connected to the on/off switch 31 which in turn connects to the power input of the storage device and the connecting wire 32 of the external storage device 30 .
  • the connecting wire 32 then feeds power back to the ASIC 40 via the connecting cable 18 of the dongle 10 when the dongle 10 is attached to the external storage device 30 .
  • the power to the ASIC 40 and the external storage device 30 is turned on and off at the same time by the on/off switch 31 .
  • the power to the ASIC 40 and the external storage device 30 is turned off immediately. So even the interface cable 11 is permanently attached to the computer, the power to ASIC 40 inside dongle 10 of the interface cable 11 will be shut off when the storage device is detached from the dongle 10 of interface cable 11 , as in the case of a remote drive bay application, or when the storage media is removed from a flash memory reader/writer application.
  • FIG. 5 illustrate a flash memory reader/writer design incorporated with Smart Switch.
  • the flash memory reader/writer 50 is attached to the dongle 10 of the interface cable 11 .
  • the connector 12 of the interface cable 11 is permanently attached to the IO port 21 of the computer 20 .
  • Flash memory or storage media is feed through PCMCIA slot 54 and can be ejected from the slot via the eject button 51 .
  • FIG. 6 shows the detail of the PCB construction inside the flash memory reader/writer 50 . It consists of a PCMCIA connector 53 and a micro switch 52 mounted in such a way that the micro switch can be turn on and off via the movement of the eject button 51 as storage media is inserted or ejected from the PCMCIA connector 53 .
  • the micro switch 53 provides the same power on/off function as the switch 31 in FIG. 4.

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A smart switch design in the external data storage or a flash memory reader/writer application that controls the power on/off to both a data storage device and a electronic bridge board inside a interface cable, said external data storage comprising: an enclosure for protecting interior elements; a switch comprises two ends, first one connects to a wire of said electronic bridge board for getting a power signal from a computer via said interface cable, the other one connects to a power signal pin of said data storage device and a ASIC of said electronic bridge board; when the switch turns on (or said flash memory card insert into said slot) said data storage device (or said flash memory card) and said ASIC of said electronic bridge board gets the power signal from said computer and automatically issues the necessary handshake signals to said computer to establish the electrical communication to said data storage device (or said flash memory card).

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention [0001]
  • The present invention relates to a Smart Switch whereby the power to the bridge board is automatically turn on and off by the insertion or removal of the storage device from a drive bay or a flash memory reader/writer application in which the interface cable is permanently attached to the computer. [0002]
  • 2. Description of Related Art [0003]
  • In many latest external data storage designs that connect to the computer IO ports, such as USB port or Firewire (IEEE 1394) port, of a computer, the connecting cable typically consists of both a cable and a small interface electronic circuit board, or called bridge board. When the connecting cable is plugged into the IO port of a computer or computing equipment, the bridge board immediately gets power directly from the IO port and automatically issues the necessary handshake signals to the computer to establish the electrical communication to the external data storage device. To remove the external storage device from the computer, the connecting cable is removed from the IO port, thus disconnecting the bridge board from the computer and terminating the handshake signals. [0004]
  • In many applications such as a remote storage attachment, drive bay (data storage bay), flash memory reader/writer, and so on, it is not practical to detach the interface cable from the IO port of the computer. Instead, the storage device is connected and disconnected from the computer by attaching and detaching the storage device from the connecting cable, or from the drive bay that is attached to the connecting cable. In the case of flash memory reader/writer, the storage media is inserted or removed from the drive that is attached to the connecting cable. In these types of applications, the bridge board is connected to computer at all time. In order for the computer to recognize the presence and absence of the data storage device or storage media, the power to the bridge board must be turned on and off accordingly so to terminate and re-initiate the handshake signals to the computer. [0005]
  • This invention provides a design, referred to as “Smart Switch”, whereby the power to the bridge board is automatically turn on and off by the insertion or removal of the storage device from a drive bay or a flash memory reader/writer application in which the interface cable is permanently attached to the computer. [0006]
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The object of the present invention is to provide a Smart Switch whereby the power to the bridge board is automatically turn on and off by the insertion or removal of the storage device from a drive bay or a flash memory reader/writer application in which the interface cable is permanently attached to the computer. [0007]
  • The smart switch design in the external data storage or a flash memory reader/writer application that controls the power on/off to both a data storage device and an electronic bridge board inside a interface cable, said external data storage comprising: An enclosure for protecting interior elements; a switch comprises two ends, first one connects to a wire of said electronic bridge board for getting a power signal from a computer via said interface cable, the other one connects to a power signal pin of said data storage device and a ASIC of said electronic bridge board; When the switch turns on (or said flash memory card insert into said slot) said data storage device (or said flash memory card) and said ASIC of said electronic bridge board gets the power signal from said computer and automatically issues the necessary handshake signals to said computer to establish the electrical communication to said data storage device (or said flash memory card).[0008]
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The present invention can be more fully understood by reference of the following description and accompanying drawings, in which: [0009]
  • FIG. 1 shows illustrates how a typical external storage is connected to a computer; [0010]
  • FIG. 2 illustrate how the power is fed to a electronic bridge board inside the [0011] dongle 10 and the external storage device in a typical design of today's external storage design;
  • FIG. 3 illustrates commonly called a BUS power design; [0012]
  • FIG. 4 illustrates the implementation of a Smart Switch to control both the power to the ASIC and the external storage device; [0013]
  • FIG. 5 illustrates a flash memory reader/writer design incorporated with Smart Switch; and [0014]
  • FIG. 6 illustrates shows the detail of the PCB construction inside the flash memory reader/writer.[0015]
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • Referring to FIG. 1, which shows how a typical [0016] external storage 30 is connected to a computer 20. The external storage device 30 is connected to the interface cable 11. The interface cable 11 has a dongle 10, which contains an electronic bridge board to convert the IO port signal into the IDE signal for the external storage device, at one end and a small connector 12 on the other end. The dongle 10 is typically attached to the external storage device via a MC-36 male connector mounted on the dongle and a MC-36 female connector on the external storage device (The MC-36 connectors are not shown in the drawing for simplicity. A more detail design description and explanation of this type of interface cable can be found in the U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/911,450, filed Jul. 25, 2001 “Universal Storage Interface BUS”). By inserting and removing the connector 12 from the IO port 21 of the computer, the external storage device is connected and disconnected from the computer accordingly.
  • FIGS. 2 and 3 illustrate how the power is fed to a electronic bridge board inside the [0017] dongle 10 and the external storage device in a typical design of today's external storage design. The external storage device 30 can also be a flash memory reader/writer or a drive bay, similar in design as described in the U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/173,645, filed Jun. 14, 2002 “Console Drive”.
  • FIG. 2 shows the +5V power flows from an external power adapter through connecting [0018] wire 33 to a power on/off switch 31 which connects to the power line of the storage device. For simplicity, the electronic bridge board inside the dongle 10 is represented by an ASIC 40. The connector 12 that inserts into the IO port, which is a USB port in this example, consists of 4 wires. When the interface cable is inserted into the USB port of the computer, +5V power will immediately flow through the wire 17 into the ASIC 40 via pin 41. Once the ASIC receives power, handshake signal is generated to communicate with the computer to established communication between the computer 20 and the external storage device 30.
  • FIG. 3 is commonly called a BUS power design. In this design, the +5V power from the IO port, besides feeding power to the ASIC [0019] 40, also feeds power to the external storage device via the wire 17 which also connects to the connecting wire 33 of the external storage device, when the dongle 10 attached to the external storage device 30.
  • In both FIGS. 2 and 3, power is supplied to the ASIC [0020] 40 inside the dongle of the interface cable at all time when the cable is connected to the computer. To fully disconnect the external storage device from the computer, the connector 12 must be removed from the IO port 21. If the external storage device is detached from the dongle 10 while leaving the connector 12 attached to the IO port 21, which is the case in the remote drive bay or flash reader/writer applications, the ASIC 40 will continued to get power from the IO port 21 and will wait for a response from the external storage device. The ASIC 10 eventually times out, leaving the USB interface cable inoperable. As a result, when a storage device is re-attached to the dongle, the computer no longer can reconfigure to reestablish communication with the external storage device.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates the implementation of a Smart Switch to control both the power to the ASIC [0021] 40 and the external storage device 30. In this design, the power from the IO port, that flows through the connecting wire 17, is routed though the end of the dongle and is connected to the connecting wire 33 of the external storage device 30 when the dongle 10 is attached to the external storage device 30. Connecting wire 33 is connected to the on/off switch 31 which in turn connects to the power input of the storage device and the connecting wire 32 of the external storage device 30. The connecting wire 32 then feeds power back to the ASIC 40 via the connecting cable 18 of the dongle 10 when the dongle 10 is attached to the external storage device 30.
  • Using the design illustrated in FIG. 4, the power to the [0022] ASIC 40 and the external storage device 30 is turned on and off at the same time by the on/off switch 31. Likewise, if an external storage device 30 is detached from the end of the dongle 10, power to the ASIC 40 and the external storage device 30 is turned off immediately. So even the interface cable 11 is permanently attached to the computer, the power to ASIC 40 inside dongle 10 of the interface cable 11 will be shut off when the storage device is detached from the dongle 10 of interface cable 11, as in the case of a remote drive bay application, or when the storage media is removed from a flash memory reader/writer application.
  • FIG. 5 illustrate a flash memory reader/writer design incorporated with Smart Switch. In this illustration, the flash memory reader/[0023] writer 50 is attached to the dongle 10 of the interface cable 11. The connector 12 of the interface cable 11 is permanently attached to the IO port 21 of the computer 20. Flash memory or storage media is feed through PCMCIA slot 54 and can be ejected from the slot via the eject button 51.
  • FIG. 6 shows the detail of the PCB construction inside the flash memory reader/[0024] writer 50. It consists of a PCMCIA connector 53 and a micro switch 52 mounted in such a way that the micro switch can be turn on and off via the movement of the eject button 51 as storage media is inserted or ejected from the PCMCIA connector 53. In this design, the micro switch 53 provides the same power on/off function as the switch 31 in FIG. 4.
  • Although all the above descriptions were based on USB interface, the same principle applies to other [0025] 10 interfaces such as Firewire, Serial ATA or any future standard. While the invention has been disclosed with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it is to be understood that modifications or variations may be easily made without departing from the spirit of this invention, which is defined in the appended claims.

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1. A smart switch design in the external data storage application that controls the power on/off to both a data storage device and a electronic bridge board inside a interface cable, said external data storage comprising:
an enclosure for protecting interior elements;
a switch comprises two ends, first one connects to a wire of said electronic bridge board for getting a power signal from a computer via said interface cable, the other one connects to a power signal pin of said data storage device and a ASIC of said electronic bridge board;
When the switch turns on said data storage device and said ASIC of said electronic bridge board gets the power signal from said computer and automatically issues the necessary handshake signals to said computer to establish the electrical communication to said data storage device.
2. The smart switch design in the external data storage application according to claim 1, wherein said data storage device to be reliably removed and re-attached to said computer by disconnecting and reconnecting said data storage device from said interface cable.
3. The smart switch design in the external data storage application according to claim 1, wherein the power signal to said electronic bridge board of said interface board can be turned on and off by attaching and detaching said data storage device from said interface cable without removing said interface cable from the IO port of the computer.
4. A smart switch design in a remote drive bay application where the power to the electronic bridge board of the interface board can be turned on and off when the data storage device is inserted or removed from the drive bay without removing the interface cable from the IO port of the computer, said remote drive bay comprising;
an enclosure that can slide in and out of a tray of the computer for containing said data storage devices comprises a switch which comprises two ends, first one connects to a wire of said electronic bridge board for getting a power signal from said computer via said interface board, the other one connects to a power signal pin of said data storage device and a ASIC of said electronic bridge board;
when the data storage device is inserted or removed from the drive bay said data storage device and said ASIC of said electronic bridge board gets or loses the power signal from said computer and automatically issues the necessary handshake signals to said computer to establish the electrical communication to said data storage device.
5. A smart switch design in a flash memory reader/writer application where the power to the electronic bridge board of the interface board can be turned on and off when the data storage media is inserted or ejected from the reader/writer without removing the interface cable from the IO port of the computer, said flash memory reader/writer comprising:
an enclosure for protecting interior elements;
a connector for connection to a dongle of said electronic bridge board;
a slot for containing a flash memory card;
a switch comprises two ends, first one connects to a wire of said connector for getting a power signal from said computer via said interface board, the other one connects to a power signal pin of said slot and a ASIC of said electronic bridge board;
a eject button for inserting or ejecting said flash memory card from said slot; and
a substract for supporting elements position thereon.
6. The smart switch design in the flash memory reader/writer according to claim 5, wherein said slot is a PCMCIA slot.
7. The smart switch design according to claim 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, wherein said electronic bridge board can apply to other type of IO interface, such as USB, Firewire, Serial ATA or PCMCIA.
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